At the time it erupted, eight major directors were working simultaneously: Truffaut, Godard, Varda, Resnais, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Demy, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol. To their numbers can be added Chris Marker, whose haunting sci-fi film La Jetée, which consists almost entirely of still photography, makes the infantile philosophising of Watchmen seem ... well ... infantile. At the same time, Jean-Pierre Melville, a mentor to the new wave directors, was making superb films such as Le Samouraï, and Louis Malle, who was never really part of the new wave, was turning out intriguing motion pictures like Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold). This was an awful lot of talent to have working in one place in one art form at one time. It never happened anywhere else. And it never happened again.Elsewhere this week, I have been baiting the Geeks, who doubtless will not want to hear from Joe Queenan.